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THE PLACE TO STAY IF NEW YORK: THE HOTEL CHELSEA, A rest stop for rare individuals

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"The building sits on 23rd Street with the air of a great dame who finds herself in the midst of a party of her social inferiors but instead of complaining decides to join right in the fun."

--The New York Times


"I stay at the Chelsea because I like the creative atmosphere, the thick walls, the high ceilings, the friendly people. You know, some people think that all sorts of wild things are always happening at the Chelsea, but I find it so peaceful. You can have 150% privacy.

--Milos Forman


"The Chelsea has always been a sort of Tower of Babel of creativity and bad behavior. Some of the world's most gifted and most destructive minds have called 222 West 23rd Street home."

--The International Herald Tribune


"You meet people from all over the world on this international bohemian circuit, and they say "see you at the Chelsea." It's as if we have a kind of date there."

--Jakov Lind


"The Chelsea Hotel may be one of the few civilized places in New York, if we mean by civilized freedom of the spirit, tolerance of differences, creativity, and art.

--Richard R. Lingeman, The New York Times Book Review


"Everybody knows about it. Everybody knows it's a different kind of place, from the moment they walk in the door. The lobby looks like an art galley or museum. You have the feeling that there's something different from this hotel--you don't even have the feeling of a hotel, more that you're walking into a place that is history"

--Stanley Bard



Hotel Chelsea

222 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10011






From JFK International Airport:

Take the Airport bus to the Howard Beach "A" train subway station. Take Manhattan-bound "A" train to 14th St. Transfer to the uptown "C" or "E" train (across platform) to 23rd Street.


From La Guardia Airport:

Take local bus M60 to Astoria Blvd Manhattan-bound "N" train or to 110th St. downtown "1" or "9" train near Columbia University. Get off at 23rd Street.


From Newark International Airport:

Take the AirTrain to Penn Station. Catch the downtown "C" or "E" train to 23rd Street. OR Take Olympia bus to Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. & 8th Ave). Take the downtown "C" or "E" train to 23rd Street.


From The Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown:

Take the downtown "C" or "E" train to 23rd Street.


From Pennsylvania Station:

From Amtrak, NJ Transit or the Newark Airport AirTrain: take the downtown "C" or "E" train to 23rd Street. From the LIRR: take the downtown "1" or "9" train to 23rd Street.


From Grand Central Station:

Take the "S" Times Square shuttle to Times Square. Transfer to the downtown "1" or "9" train to 23rd Street.

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Guest imported_Tesseract

Dope...Hilton sounds nice to

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Chelsea Hotel at night


I spent a week working out of the Chelsea Hotel and soon found myself won over by its down-to-earth charms and sense of history.


This is the place where Dylan Thomas and Nancy (of Sid Vicious fame) died, Arthur C Clarke wrote the awesome '2001. A Space Odyssey' and Warhol and other famous artists stayed.


Shame you can't even get a bloody cup of tea there though!

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If you want to check out the trails of the Beat Generation in nowadays New York City, you can't avoid to visit Greenwich Village and Chelsea. The ones who are looking for Rock'n'Roll history, searching for the spirits of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Jim Morrison, Nico or Patti Smith are likely to find some of it within the red brick walls of the Chelsea Hotel, located at 222, West 23rd St. between Seventh and Eight Avenue, where in the past many a famous song has been written.






The Chelsea Hotel in 1998

222, West 23rd St, New York City,









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